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R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear.
Theodor M. Strou, an Iowa Station
Agent, Claims the Crown of
Kingdom of Servia.
John Boyn's Father Murdered in Bel-
grade While Seeking to Estab-
lish Right to Throne.
Theodor Maximillian Strou, an
Iowa railroad man, and cousin of
John Boyn of Princeton, will, ac
to a press dispatch, shortly
journey to Belgrade for the purpose
of establishing his right to the Ser
vian crown.
The grandson of King Lazar, An
dria Lazar, who alone of all the mon
arch's family escaped death at the
hands of the in\ aders some 200 years
ago, was the great-great-great-grand-
father of Theodor Maximillian Strou,
station agent and telegraph operator
or the Rock Island road at County
Line, a little town twenty miles south
of Ottumwa on the Missouri bqrder.
Strou regards his claim to the Ser
vian throne as a valid one.
John Boyn of Princeton, whose
father was murdered some twenty-five
.j ears ago in Servia and relieved of
documentary evidence of his right to
the throne, stands in more direct line
to the so\ereignty than Strou, but
Boyn was led by the murder of his
father to renounce his claim to it,
thus leaving the station agent at
County Line the sole claimant, so far
as is known.
The story told by the documents in
Strou's possession is one of the most
thrilling and inteiesting of Old World
historical romances. Its scenes are
laid in Servia, Saxony and America,
cind it is full of color, incident and
Already Strou has asked the par
liament of Servia to proclaim him
ruler of the land. He, moreover has
placed in the hands of the American
minister at Belgrade, the American
minister at Saxony, the Servian min
ister at London, and a firm of attor
neys at Manchester, la., copies of the
documents which he holds as proof of
his right to the throne. The originals
-of.-these, documents he keeps under
lock and key in the little railway sta
tion at County Line.
Good Roads.
We believe that it is in season to
speak a little on the question of good
roads rather than to wait until next
spring when they become almost im
passable again, says the St. Paul
We have known of those who Lad an
indefinite idea that some way or
other the railroad and the trollej
would supersede the wagon road and
that large expenditures of money to
improve the latter would be unneces
saij and wasteful.
Wagon roads existed centuries be
fore anv one ever thought of either
steam or electric cars and always will
exist, and their improvement should
concern every farmer throughout the
Too often this fact is realized in the
earlv spring, only to be forgotten
when the roads dr\ up and become
passable of their own accord.
We have often heard it said that
better wagon roads were not neces
sary, thatt he country had alwajs had
dirt roads and had prospered as those
countries that have good roads had
never done. This is true so far as
prosperity is concerned, but the fact
must not be lost sight of that this
countrj still contains virgin soil,
when compared with European coun
tries, that our methods of agriculture
are more modern and our railroad
facilities more perfect.
Railroad managers are spending
millions of dollars annually in the
improvement of their road beds be
cause they realize that it is money to
the company to do so. Have those
who live from ten to twenty miles
from a station or town ever consid
ered the amount of wear and tear on
their horses and wagons as well as
upon themselves, not to speak of the
fact that bad roads injure the value
of their land, and that if these condi
tions were leversed their property
would, as it were, be picked up bodily
and placed nearer the town?
Bj '-good roads" we do not mean
simply throwing the mud into the mid
dle of the road. Good roads were
never made that way, and the men
who practice that sort of '"road-mak-
ing" should be speedily relieved of
their office.
Various laws regarding the im
provement of country roads are in
vogue in different states. Some where
the farmers work out their road tax,
others where they pay a certain pro
portion of the expense for having the
road adjoining their land made per-
manently good and others where they
pay their good money for road tax
and receive in return almost impas
sable roads for three or four months
in the year. It remains for the tax
payers of this section to say in what
state of perfection our roads shall be
What leather Burbank Has Done.
For thirty-five years Luther Bur
bank has been at work creating new
forms of plant life and improving old
ones. In that time he has created, by
breeding and selection, more than two
thousand five hundred distinct species
of plants, says an exchange. Some of
his "creations" are:
The primus berry, a fruit unknown
before, made by the union of a black
berry and a rasperry, which union
scientific men said was impossible.
The white blackberry, very beauti
ful, with a delicate flavor.
The "phenomenal berry," a similar
creation, cross between a raspberry
and a California dewberry, having
the color of a raspberry and the shape
of a blackberry, but larger than
either, far more productive, and with
a flavor of the Bartlett pear.
A walnut first so thin of shell that
the birds could peck through it, after
wards bred backward along the path
it had come until a shell of the re
quired thickness was secured.
He has produced a new thornless
cactus, a combination of many other
varieties, which bears a fruit, too, for
man and beast, and which wlil redeem
the desert places of the earth.
He has done all these, and many
other marvelous things which can not
be mentioned here for lack of space.
Mr. Burbank's work has followed
two main linesbreeding and selec
tion. By breeding is meant, primarily,
he creation of a new plant life by
placing the pollen of one flower upon
the stigma of another. This is the
prime, basic act. Ten thousand cir
cumstances before and after the birth
of the flower must be taken into ac
count when the work is of the magni
tude of that we are considering.
Selection is the unfailing choosing
of the best, out of a million plants if
need be, taking the best one of all for
future work and, from the progeny
of this one plant, selecting the best on
and on until the standard set is
reached. Sometimes Mr. Burbank
uses a thousand plants in the process
of creting one new one, sometimes ten
thousand, sometimes, indeed, a mil
lion plnats before the end is reached.
While making the white blaekberrry
and the phenomenal berry he used
sixty-five thousand bushes in test. At
last, after long study and selection,
all of the many thousands were re
jected and burned, excepting a few of
each new berry, and when it came to
the final selection, one bush of each
was chosen
Hicks to the Front Again.
The third storm period is central
on the 14th. extending from the 12th
to 17th Regions where storms have
prevailed at the previous July per
iods maj expect an increase of the
same at this period while the drouth
and heat will reach a crisis over wide
sections intervening. Tendency to
continued cloudiness and unsettled,
clbudv weather will follow this period.
The fourth storm period is reaction
ary, and is central on the 20th and
21st. An increase of temperature and
return to rain and electrical squalls
may be looked for. Many places will
have storminess, thunder and light
ning and possibly dangerous winds.
The fifth storm period is central on
the 25th, extending from the 23rd to
27th. The barometer will fall and
other storm conditions will appear
early this period. On and touching
the 24th and 25th there will be a sen
sible increase of tendency to stormi
ness, all followed by rising barometer
and a change to somewhat cooler from
about the 26th to 29th.
The month closes in the midst of a
reactionary storm period, bringing
high and rising temperature. The
barometer will be low and falling to
westward and cloudiness and storms
will be forming and starting on their
eastward career.
Clo\er on Sandy Soil.
The raising of clover on the sandy
soil in the neighborhood of Princeton
is no longer experimental. It has
been demonstrated that the crop is a
paying one and is reasonably sure.
As a fertilizer the scientists tell us it
can not be surpassed and it is being
raised extensively for the double pur
pose of furnishing hay and enriching
the soil. It has been found that in
all places where the snow covers the
ground through the winter there is a
full stand of clover the next year, but
on high places exposed to the wind
the ground is often left bare and the
clover freezes out. Farmers would be
well paid for their time in covering
the high places with straw or old
hay to keep the snow from blowing
Of Mille Lacs County Meet in Regular
Session at Princeton on Mon-
day, July IO.
Taxes Voted for 1905, Petitions Dis-
posed of, Etc.Official Report
in Next Week's Issue.
The commissioners of Mille Lacs
county met in regular convention at
the court house in this city on Mon
day. There was one absentee at the
first day's session, but on Tuesday
all members were present, viz., L. S.
Libby, first district R. S. Shaw,
chairman, second district John Dal
chow, third district George H.
Deans, fourth district J. W. McClure,
fifth district.
Taxes for 1905 were voted as follows:
County revenue fund
County poor fund
Road and bridge fund
Railroad bonds
One mill school tax
Total $29,250
A petition for changing the bound
ary line of school district 20 was
The petition of R. L. Edwards to be
set off from school district 30 to 13
was granted.
The petition for a change in the
county road through the town of Hay
land was granted.
The official proceedings of the
county board will be published in the
next issue of the Union.
ReUsion of Freight Bates.
A series of tables are being pre
pared for the coming investigation by
the State railroad and warehouse
commission showing the existing
rates on first class freight and on the
commodities, including lumber, wheat,
coarse grains, cattle, hogs, sheep,
wood and coal. These tables cover
all parts of the State and* all dis
tances, and in connection with each
rate is given the corresponding rate
according to the Illinois and Iowa
distance tariffs, for the same article
and the same distance. The tables
will also show at a glance in each
case whether the Minnesota distance
or distributing rate is higher or lower
than the
rate,in.^e,Tftthfir, s^ate^^pd
by what per cent. These tables, when
finished, will be distributed to all the
Minnesota railroads.
The commission, in citing the dis
tance tariffs of Iowa and Illinois, in
dicates that it considers those state
made rates to be fair and proper for
comparison. It will be incumbent
on the railroad officials, where the
Minnesota rates are found to be
higher, to show why they should be
so. The State has no distance tariff
law. and it is not believed that the
commission intends to re-vise rates
strietlj on that basis. In fact, the
legislature, in ordering the investiga
tion, recommended that both distance
tariffs and distributing rates be kept
in force, but that the difference be
tween those rates be reduced to not
more than five per cent. The need of
some special distributing rates in
southern Minnesota was recognized,
in order to give the twin cities a
chance to compete with Chicago in
that territory.
The Situation at Pierre.
The waters of the Bad river have
now receded and the people of Fort
Pierre are beginning to take stock of
their belongings. They find that
seventeen houses went down the Mis
souri and that forty-three are more
or less wrecked, while all which with
stood the flood are damaged. ""A trip
over the flooded district shows pitiful
attempts to save something out of the
wreck and slime. One man who was
working on his lot was asked for the
location of his house and pointed to
two piles of wreckage some distance
apart, which was all that was left of
his home. Reports from the valley
show wrecked homes, and there is
scarcely a ranch building standing on
the river valley between Fort Pierre
and Midland. The water still stands
from bluff to bluff at Booine, and the
only way of travel is to make wide
detours to get across the streams run
ning into Bad river. At the Bowley
and Hollis ranch every building is
gone, and nothing can be learned of
the whereabouts of the occupants.
The party of women from Fort Pierre
has not yet reported, and it is known
they did not reach the ranch they
started for. So far the only deaths
known for a certainty are those of
Brinake, at Bovine Arthur Austin
at Midland, and the Wheeler boy, a
short distance up the river.
How Fires May be Avoided.
Imminent danger of fire from expos
ure to electric light glot~a and wires
of combustible material, is one of
the subjects which will be taken up in
a paper to be read by George Kel-
3000 7 000
5000 2 250
logg chief of the Sioux City, Iowa,
depa tment and vice president of the
asso latiotr at Ihe meeting of the In
tern! ional Chief Engineers of Fire
Depi 'tments-in this city next month,
says She Duluth News Tribune.
Mi Kellogg will call attention to
the finance recently passed in his
,Js the result of a fire in Decem
rhich destroyed $1,000,000 worth
ildings and stocks in the heart
business district. This fire, it
was caused by an overheated
ct light globe which had been
wrapped in colored paper and packed
in cotton batting. The window had
been trimmed for the holiday trade,
and was filled with highly combusti
ble material, which instantly ignited.
Within five hours nearly two solid
blocks of business houses were in
Immediately after the fire the coun
cil ^passed an ordinance making it a
misdemeanor for any person to place
cotton goods or any inflammable
material within six inches of an elec
tric light globe, and forbidding the
use of inflammable material for dec
orative purposes. For the better en
forcement of the law the chief of the
fire department is compelled to make
an inspection whether the ordinance
All offenders are
the forbid
den^ iateria and if the order is not
obeyed their arrest follows. The
iy for violation of the ordinance
ne of from $10 to $100.
is being observed
notif id to at once remove
pen is a
William and the Pig.
tell that
not vouch for the authenticity
of tJbi following little story, but merely
as 'twas told to us: It appears
William Pratt, Esq., one of the
most distinguishedor rather most
distinguishableof Princeton's cater
ers tjp human carnivari, was en route
to hil abattoir with a medium-sized
pig ^confined in a gunnysack thrown
acrofs his shoulder. William was in
som&vhat of a hurry and walked with
mom than his usual alacrity, his steps
being as springy as the morass on the
riveabottoms which he was travers
ing. In passing along the edge of a
slough, estimated to contain eight feet
two inches of water, the pig, which
supposedly looked through a knot
holejin the gunnysack and perceived
a-cfe^nee for escape, made, a deter-
As it emerged from the mouth of its
prison, however, its hind feet struck
William between his first and second
chins with sufficient violence to pre
cipitate him into the depths of the
slimy slough. At the same moment
the gunnysack, by some unaccount
able means, swallowed the head of
William Pratt, Esq., and, thus en
meshed and entangled, he was placed
in a most perilous dilemma, for he
could not swim and the water was too
deep for walking. Had it not been
for the fact that the pig, scared by a
dog on the bank, entered the slough
just as William came to the surface
and that he grabbed it about the
neck, he would have found a watery
grave, but he hung on tenaciously to
tne animal and in the course of ten
or fifteen minutes it struggled to the
shoie dragging William with it. It
was indeed a most miraculous escape,
and Mr. Pratt now declares that:
Never moie upon my back
Will I lug a pig a gunnysack
Cabbage Maggot Doomed.
An exchange says that the State en
tomologist has conquered the cabbage
maggot, which has so affected rad
ishes, turnips, cabbages and cauli
flower as not only to disgust those of
us who try to raise them on a small
scale, but has in the last two years
caused a loss of many thousand of
dollars to market gardeners, some
having lost their entire crop of cab
bages and cauliflowers.
The entomologist finds that carbolic
acid emulsion, made from crude car
bolic acid and soap, is very effective,
applied in time and at the proper in
tervals. The emulsion is made by
dissolving ten pounds of hard soap
in ten gallons of boiling water, and
adding ten pints of crude carbolic
acid, churning it up with a force
pump so that the acid is thoroughly
mixed with the soap. He uses one
part of this to thirty parts of water,
by actual measure, and pours half a
pint around the roots of each plant
three or four times, beginning six or
seven days after the plants are first
set out. On radishes he uses one part
of emulsion to thirty-five parts of
water. Care must be taken with
radishes that it is not too strong or
they will be injured, nor should this
emulsion be used on radishes just be
fore they are gathered for the table.
Then He Departed.
He (time 11:45 p. m.)I hope your
father doesn't object to my paying
you visits?
SheNo: but I think he would pre
fer having you pay them in install
ments.Detroit Tribune.
Dies at His Home in Sherburne County
After an Illness of Very
Short Duration.
Came to the Northwest in 1886 from
PennsylvaniaA Man Well
Known and Respected.
Jacob W. Mellotte, one of the old
settlers of Sherburne county, died at
his home in Baldwin township, about
seven miles from Princeton, on Mon
day, July 10, aged sixty years five
months. His death was due to
Bright's disease, from which he had
suffered for about three months.
Mr. Mellotte was born in Pennsyl
vania and removed to South Dakota
in 1886, remaining there about four
years, from whence he came to this
part of Minnesota, finally settling
upon the farm where he died. While
in Dakota. He was married in Penn
sylvania in 1874 to Miss Rachel A.
Fryman. The deceased was a mem
ber of the Princeton Methodist church
and was widely known and respected.
Beside the widow of Mr. Mellotte,
two sons and two -daughters survive
him, viz., Roy R.. residing in Bald
win, Sherburne county John F., liv
ing on his father's farm in the same
township: Mrs. Frank McClellan and
Mrs. Harry McClellan, Princeton.
There are also eight grandchildren.
The funeral services were held at the
home of the deceased and the choir of
the Princeton Methodist church parti
cipated in the obsequies, the remains
being on Tuesday afternoon interred
in Oak Knoll cemetery in this village,
Rev. Lewis of Milaca conducting the
The pallbearers were: W. H. and
A. A. Townsend, F. S. Wood, S. B.
Heath, Geo. Smith and A. Z. Norton.
F. A. Lowenn was funeral director.
A Child of the Rorth.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McVicar, who
had been visiting their son, J. W. of
Greenbush for two weeks, left for their
home in Boston last week. They in-
Supt. S.
and taught in an Indian school while "*""H'"i
some time on the way. Mr. McVicar'si" necessar
history is somewhat unique. He is
seventy-eight years old and was born
in the Hudson Bay country, where his
father had a trading post in 1825. He
was the first white child known to
have been born so far north. In 1825
Sir John Franklin with his Arctic
expedition passed through the terri
tory in which the elder McVicar's
trading post was located, on his way
to the McKenzie river, which he fol
lowed to its mouth. While pssing
through the Hudson Bay country the
members of the expedition missed
their bearings, and were in an exceed
ingly tight place, but the Indians con
nected with the trading post found
them and took them to the post where
they were recuperated and sent on
their wav. The boj whose career was
started in British America grew up to
sturdy manhood and was an inhab
itant of the United States during the
time of the civil war. He enlisted and
served a short time, suffering injury
to his eves from which he has been
blind for fortj vears. Both he and
his estimable wife are healthy looking
and have the promise of manj jears
before them.
Pinney is in Duluth
this week.
Mr. Royce of the Twin City Supply
company is in attendance this week.
The teachers in attendance are well
pleased with the instructors and their
sixty-five and work is progressing:
most satisfactorily.
Several members of the school
board called to talk over educational
matters for next fall.
Prof. Cranston of the American
Book company, gave a short talk at
Wednesday's session on the duties
of teachers. It was brimful of com
mon sense and was well received.
the M. E. church on Tuesday evening
his subject being "Culture." The
following day he addressed the
students of the training school on
Winnipeg Exposition and lair.
On account of the Winnipeg Expo
sition and Fair held at Winnipeg,
Manitoba, July 20th to 28th, the
Great Northern Railway will sell
tickets at one fare for the round trip
to Winnipeg. Dates of sale are July
18th to 26th, returning limit July 31st.
Ask your local agent for full particu
lars as to rates, etc. 31-3t
Prof. Alex Forbes of Philadelphia less liable to disease. When thus
delivered a very interesting lecture at supported the hoe can be used for
keeping the ground clean around the
vines. As an experiment, pinch back
a few vines, and compare them with
the others. No farmer can buy as
good tomatoes as he can grow, as
they are always more or less injured,
during the shipment to market, the
loss to each basket bei ng consider
Mr. Sehlin was Well Known in and Around
Andrew Sehlin, a .prosperous, farm
er of Opstead, Mille Lacs county, a
man well known in and around
Princeton, committed suicide in the
St. James hotel, Minneapolis, on
Tuesday night by asphyxiation. His
dead body was found on Wednes
day morning by one of the hotel em
Sehlin went to the city Tuesday
with a couple of friends. He went to
transact business. He was given one
room in the hotel and his friends
He retired early, and nothing was
heard or seen of him until between 6
and 7 o'clock yesterday morning.
As one of the chambermaids wa
passing the
of his room she
noticed the odort of gas. She knocked
on his door to awaken him, but could
not. alarmed the house and a
aShe ronr
ma man
in Pennsylvania he followed the oc- ~~*o-CU--* i
cupation of instructor in mathematics
on full and every
crevice throuugh which the poison
might escape was packed with clothes.
The window had been locked, and be
fore entrance could be gained the
pane had to be broken.
Sehlin was taken from his bed and
physicians worked over him for an
hour trying to bring him back to life.
Deputy Coroner Irvine viewed the
body and it was taken to the morgue.
Sehlin was sixty-five years old and
a widower. Up to the time of his
death he had been living with his son
on a farm. He was well off and in
fluential in his community.
A Phenomenal Berry \ield.
Whether raspberries and other small
fruits can be profitably raised upon
the soil hereabouts remains no longer
a question. This was fully demon
strated to us on Wednesday morning,
when, with Mr. Ludden, we visited the
farm of Jos. Nokes, about a mile from
town. The principal attraction on
this farm lies in that portion set apart
to the culture of raspberries, where
several rows which would total in
length a quarter of a mile if placed
end to end meet the view. The bushes
are as high as the average man and
the phenomenal quantity of berries
have to sustain has made
them for the purpose of support. The
fruit itself is exceptionally large and
of most delicious flavor. In addition
to raspberries Mr. Nokes has some
blackberry and current bushes, the
former carrying an enormous weight
of fruit, and it is safe to say that the
yield will equal, if not surpass, that
of many a fruit farm in the famous
Minnetonka district.
The Sandstone Boy is Lost.
Two weeks ago the i on gave an
account of the search which had been
made near Sandstone for the two
ear-old boy of Martin Benson. No
trace of the child was found and a
peddler who had been seen in the
neighborhood was suspected of hav
ing kidnapped him. The peddler was
found near Albert Lea with a little
boy and was arrested on suspicion,
but when Benson went there he found
that the boy was not his. Hope of
finding the child alive has been aban
doned and the ponds and streams in
the neighborhood of Benson's home
are being searched for its body.
IiOOis Jesnier Surprised.
On Wednesday evening the friends
of Louis Jesmer to the number of
thirty surprised him at his home by
appearing loaded down with a hand
some rocking chair, a huge cake, etc.,
in honor of his birthday. Encircling
the cake were forty-three candles,
signifying the number of years Louis
had lived. Addresses were made and
at 12 o'clock supper was paratken of
and shortly after
i __ n, *i"u suuruv aicer the guests left for
Th enrollmentt up to yesterday was u
thei- homes. Louis avows that the
surprise was a genuine one, he not
having received the least inkling of
the affair in advance. He thanks his
friends for the honor bestowed.
Stake the Tomatoes.
Take the trouble to place good,
strong stakes around tomato vines,
fasten the vines securely to the stakes,
and they will be more prolific, while
the fruit will ripen quicker and be
True as Gospel.
Little ElmerPapa, what is a critic?
Prof. BroadheadA critic, my son,
is a person who couldn't have done it

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